Planning green light for NSW Biala wind
Planning consent has been granted in NSW for the construction of a 31 turbine wind farm near Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands.
The wind farm is located approximately 8km to the east of Biala and about 14.5 km to the south west of Crookwell.
The Planning Assessment Commission has given its consent to the $200 million project being developed by Newtricity, known as the Biala Wind Park.
Newtricity describes itself as a family-owned Australian company backed by investors in Ireland.
The commission made several conditions, requiring the developer to obtain permission for a transmission line, which will connect the proposed wind park to the electricity grid, before it activates the consent in any way.
It has also added further micro-siting restrictions and directed the proponent to negotiate further with the landowner of a farm with whom the developer could not reach a full agreement.
The wind park is planned to be built on about 1,936 hectares of rural agricultural land, but will only cover a small proportion of the total area.
The Project spans over 37 rural agricultural lots, which form part of four separate privately owned land holdings.
The department’s conditions of consent advise that no turbine can be taller than 185m (from blade tip to ground) and that no turbine (except one) is allowed to be moved more than 100m from the GPS coordinates in the proponent’s plans.
This turbine (T29) has been moved at least 350m (and ideally 500m) away from a Wedge-Tailed Eagle nest.
All existing, non-involved residential dwellings in the vicinity of the wind farm are located in excess of 2 km from proposed wind turbine locations, in accordance with the Draft NSW Planning Guidelines.
Other conditions of consent include a condition where any resident within 4km of the turbines can ask the proponent to mitigate any visual impact on their property.
Ongoing noise monitoring will also occur to ensure the development complies with noise regulations.
There are also restrictions that no more than 1.5ha of Tablelands Snow Gum, Black Sallee, Candlebark and Ribbon Gum Grassy Woodland in the area will be cleared for the development.
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